Technical Tour

Technical Tour to the Atacama Desert

As part of the Solar World Congress Program, we invite you to join this technical tour to the Atacama Desert to visit the three solar sites Atacama Desert Solar Platform, Cerro Dominador and Minera Centinela.

Tour Dates: 7 November (Departure from Santiago) - 8 November (Return to Santiago)

Tour Description: The tour will take you to the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places in the world and home to some of Chile's most important solar as well as mining projects.

The tour starts on Friday, 8 November at 8am outside the Hotel Enjoy Antofagasta and will be ending at Calama Airport at 7pm. Please see the section for travel arrangements for more information on how to organize your trip.

Atacama Desert Solar Platform

Atacama Desert Solar Platform
Atacama Desert Solar Platform, general view 2018. Source: Universidad de Antofagasta

The first stop of the tour will be the Atacama Desert Solar Platform (PSDA), the first outdoor solar testing platform for solar technologies in the Atacama Desert. Here, the project AtaMoSTeC by Solar World Congress host SERC Chile will be of special interest, developing PV systems specifically adapted to high irradiation and desert conditions.

Cerro Dominador

Next up will be Cerro Dominador, the first ever hybrid solar tower in South America. Here, a 110MW CSP plant which will start its commercial operation in 2020 is combined with a 100MW PV plant. Together, they will provide electricity for 24 hrs a day, including 17.5 hrs of thermal storage.

Cerro Dominador
Cerro Dominador solar power plant. Source: Cerro Dominador
Cerro Dominador
Cerro Dominador solar power plant. Source: Cerro Dominador

On the way to the last stop of the tour, lunch boxes will be served.

Minera Centinela

The last stop of this technical tour will be Minera Centinela located in the Antofagasta Region, one of Chile's most important mining areas. Here, sulphide and oxide are mined and copper and molybdenum concentrate produced with concentrated solar thermal systems supplying low temperature heat for some of the production processes.

Minera centinela solar thermal plant. Source: ellaima

From this last stop of the tour, the bus will take you to Calama Airport for returning flights to Santiago.

Travel Arrangements:

To join this tour, participants will have to make arrangements for flights and hotel accommodation - this is not provided by the organizers.

We invite you to arrange your flight from Santiago to Antofagasta in the early evening hours of Thursday, 7 November. Flights from Santiago to Antofagasta can be booked with LATAM or SKYAIRLINE and range at about US$ 100.

In Antofagasta, several hotels are available to you such as the Enjoy Antofagasta (tour start here at 8am on 8 November), IBIS Antofagasta and Hotel Diego de Almagro. The hotel rates are around US$ 115.

On Friday, 8 November around 5pm, the bus will take you to Calama Airport from where we ask you to book your returning flights.

Costs: The cost of the tour will be $150 US - this includes all site visits, bus transportation between the sites and to Calama Airport as well as lunch. For flights and accommodation, please see the section about travel arrangements.

Registration: The tour is limited to only 25 participants. SWC 2019/SHC 2019 participants can register for the tour after completing the regular conference registration.

Safety Notification: Participants should plan to bring appropriate clothing such as long sleeve shirts, sun glasses and hard-toed boots for the tour. Helmets and safety vests will be provided.

Antofagasta Region Chile
Map of Antofagasta Region, Chile. Source: Modified by Solar Committee CORFO


Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission : March 22, 2019
Notification of Authors: May 24, 2019
Registration Opens: May 29 2019
Deadline for Full Papers: September 16, 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 16, 2019
Author Registration Dealine: September 16, 2019

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